KAREN CROTEAU, Executive Director

Most recently the Director of Grants and Communications, Karen is passionate about education. Karen started her career at Leo Burnett working on the Kellogg and Kraft brands and then went on to co-found and be the Co-Executive Director of the Academy of Communications & Technology Charter School.  While at ACT, Karen was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study education systems in Japan. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago with a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and holds a Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

ANGEL PRINGLE, Program Director

Angel joined Boys Hope Girls Hope as the new Program Director in June 2014.  Angel is the former Director of Family and Student Support Services at KIPP Ascend Charter School, an inner city Chicago charter school.  Angel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Political Science and Sociology and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She has worked in the Human Service field and non-profit sector for over 10 years.  Angel lives in Chicago.

TYRINA NEWKIRK, Program Recruiter

Tyrina Newkirk joined Boys Hope Girls Hope in August 2013.  She is a graduate of Temple University where she earned a BA in African American Studies. Tyrina worked as the Program Coordinator for three year at the Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK), a non-profit scholarship and mentoring organization for at-risk youth in the Chicagoland area. She has lived in the city of Chicago and continues to reside in the Austin community where she was raised.


ROBBI LUSTIG, Business Manager

Robbi joined Boys Hope Girls Hope in April of 2012. Robbi brings with her background in both non-profit and for-profit accounting, Raiser’s Edge experience and customer service skills among other talents. Robbi lives in Deerfield with her husband and has two college-age children.